The family of a Bellevue man gunned down in a west Nashville parking lot last fall is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder.
Joshua McLean was shot and killed four months ago at Nashville West shopping center.
"I try not to relive it any more than I have to, but it was a fluke thing," said Lauren McLean, Josh's widow.
On September 22, Josh drove to the shopping center off Charlotte Pike just before 7 p.m. to sell two handguns to a buyer he met online. According to police, the two men who met him in the parking lot for the sale opened fire.
Josh was shot in the chest.
Lauren told Nashville's News 2 Josh was never hasty about anything, and never suspected the interested buyers were not legitimate.
"I used to pick on him for being so cautious," Lauren said. "I would say 'Oh, you know, don't worry about it. You're just going to the movies.' You know, 'People aren't out to get you.' Things like that."
Lauren and Josh had been married only three months at the time of the shooting.
The 30-year-old outdoorsman and animal lover was a gun collector, willing to give up his guns for a family.
"I just said, 'If we're going to have kids and stuff, we don't need that stuff around the house,'" Lauren said. "And he said, 'Alright, I'll get rid of some [of them] and keep the ones I really like and lock [them] up.'"
The investigation into Josh's death has gone cold.
Lauren and Josh's extended family are hoping a $5,000 reward will renew interest in the case and encourage witnesses to come forward.
"We're throwing out anything we can to get information that would lead to an arrest, a conviction, whatever; because the further out you get, it's just hard to keep positive and keep hope," Lauren said.
She added, "We know it's not going to bring him back, but it would be nice to get anything. Anything. Some kind of closure. Get these people off the streets."
The suspects, described only as two black men, are believed to have fled in a late 1990s to early 2000s tan or champagne Buick Regal or Century.
Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at 615-862-7385 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word "CASH" along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES).
The $5,000 reward is in addition to the reward of up to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers. The $5,000 reward is effective until July 14, 2013.